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Pemetrexed interferes with the cancer cell's ability to reproduce.
Pemetrexed is an
intravenous (IV) medicine that is usually given in a
dose based on body surface area. The type and extent of a cancer determines the
exact dose and schedule of administering this drug.
Pemetrexed slows or stops the growth and spread of cancer cells in
the body. It is used to treat cancers such as non-small cell lung cancer.
Pemetrexed is an effective antitumor medicine. But the type
and extent of a cancer determines how effectively this medicine slows or
stops the growth of cancer cells in the body.
All medicines have side effects. But many people don't feel the side effects, or they are able to deal with them. Ask your pharmacist about the side effects of each medicine you take. Side effects are also listed in the information that comes with your medicine.
Here are some important things to think about:
Call 911 or other emergency services right away if you have:
Call your doctor right away if you have:
Common side effects of this medicine include:
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference
is not available in all systems.)
Pemetrexed should be administered only under the supervision of a
medical oncologist. He or she will regularly monitor your blood cell counts and your kidney and liver functions.
You may not be able to become pregnant or father a child after taking this medicine. Talk with your doctor about fertility before starting treatment.
Your doctor can prescribe
medicines to help you manage any nausea or vomiting
caused by chemotherapy.
People who use pemetrexed will need to take
corticosteroids to decrease the risk of side effects
from this medicine.
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as
aspirin or ibuprofen, are often stopped for 2 days before and during treatment
with pemetrexed, to avoid kidney problems.
Medicine is one of the many tools your doctor has to treat a health problem. Taking medicine as your doctor suggests will improve your health and may prevent future problems. If you don't take your medicines properly, you may be putting your health (and perhaps your life) at risk.
There are many reasons why people have trouble taking their medicine. But in most cases, there is something you can do. For suggestions on how to work around common problems, see the topic Taking Medicines as Prescribed.
Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to get pregnant. If you need to use this medicine, talk to your doctor about how you can prevent pregnancy.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
September 12, 2012
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Michael Seth Rabin, MD - Medical Oncology
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